NBA: LA Clippers 105, Golden State 86

Dec. 26, 2011 at 1:43 AM
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OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Newly acquired Chris Paul scored eight of his 20 points late in the game Sunday, helping boost the Los Angeles Clippers to a 105-86 win over Golden State.

Paul, playing in his first game as a Clipper after being acquired in a blockbuster trade with New Orleans this month, drained three consecutive baskets with less than 4 minutes left. The shots extended Los Angeles' lead from seven to 13 points in the season opener for both teams.

Paul added nine assists.

Blake Griffin netted 22 points to go with seven rebounds, and Chauncey Billups contributed 21 points, five boards and four helpers for the Clippers.

Los Angeles spoiled the head coaching debut of Golden State's Mark Jackson.

David Lee led the Warriors with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Monta Ellis was held to 15 points.

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